Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 16, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Harrison Festival Society

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - A festival and its performing arts series that have brought world-class performances to audiences in the Fraser Valley for 30 years will continue to do so thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Harrison Festival Society.

The Society will use the funding of $57,000 to help support the 2008 Harrison Festival of the Arts and its performing arts series, which take place at various venues in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. Both events present a full spectrum of art forms, including concerts, theatre, literary readings, and art exhibits.

"For 30 years, the Harrison Festival of the Arts has been making an important contribution to the cultural vitality of British Columbia," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have access to quality artistic experiences, and we are very pleased to support this event."

"Our Government is proud to support initiatives that offer Canadians in smaller communities direct access to first-rate cultural performances," said Minister Strahl. "The Harrison Festival of the Arts reflects the important role the arts play in communities across Canada."

"The Harrison Festival of the Arts presents the best in national and international performing arts, with music as the most popular aspect," said Phyllis Stenson, Executive Director of the Harrison Festival Society. "Many of the performances are presented free to the public, in line with our mandate to feature diverse cultures at events that are highly accessible to the audience. The support of Canadian Heritage is vital to this endeavour."

While the 2008 Harrison Festival of the Arts will take place between July 4 and 11, the season series occurs annually from September to May. Both will feature a variety of programming, which includes music, dance, and visual and literary arts. This year, outreach activities include free dance workshops and song-writing workshops for emerging artists. Since 1988, the festival has grown from a small, community-based volunteer event to a large professional arts festival that presents the many art forms reflecting the diversity of Canadian society.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Western Region